Anfield side set to make yet another St James’ Park raid.
Harry Redknapp has sparked a massive transfer scramble for Newcastle’s Demba Ba by revealing his release clause is around HALF the £10million mooted over the weekend.
Officials at St James’ Park have been desperate to keep a lid on the fact that the striker, who has netted 15 times this season, is available for the right fee.
But asked about a £10m release clause, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said: “I think you will find it is a lot less than that.”
Asked if was as little as £7m, Redknapp added: “Even less than that.”
Liverpool, Sunderland, Everton and QPR are all in the hunt for reinforcements up front. Ba left West Ham last summer as he had a clause in his contract saying he could quit if they were relegated.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
By all accounts Liverpool are preparing a January bid for the Newcastle United striker, despite the fact that the Senegal international is set for at least six weeks African Nations Cup action. Kenny Dalglish is keen to beat the many other sides chasing the in form striker by making an offer that will trigger Demba Ba’s release clause, a clause that Harry Redknapp as revealed to be around just £5m.
A similar bargain release clause was placed in the 26 year old’s West Ham contract that led to the Paris born striker being allowed to leave Upton Park for free after the East London side were relegated to the Championship last term. Demba Ba has scored 15 goals this season and is now a player attracting a lot of interest and Alan Pardew is said to not be happy about Redknapp’s continued discussion of the topic of Ba’s release clause in press conferences.
Dalglish is looking to bring in reinforcements to boost his striking options and though Luis Suarez will be back from his ban by the time Demba Ba returns from international duty, the Scot is still said to be interested in the former Hoffenheim man.
With Andy Carroll struggling for form and alternatives Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt in the latter stages of their respective careers, a move for Ba would make a great deal of sense. Liverpool’s owners are desperate to see their Merseyside outfit clinch a coveted top four finish and having spent over £100m on new players in 2011 will not think twice about providing funds to make an offer for the Newcastle United man, who’s wage demands will surely be sky high if he can be bought at such a bargain price.
Pardew will be left with the less than prolific striking options of Leon Best, Shola & Sammy Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands during Ba’s African Nations Cup absence and the Magpies boss will no doubt be fearful of a Liverpool raid after Dalglish picked up both Carroll and Jose Enrique last term.